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Old 2019-10-13, 02:30   #32
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John Muir once wrote that "the view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth", so I went to check it out yesterday.

I decided to be a rebel and pretty much broke all of the hiking guidelines:
- Don't hike alone in an area you're not familiar with (I did the entire hike solo, and it was my first attempt to get to the top)
- Start long hikes early (I started the 11 mile hike around 2 PM, but I brought a headlamp. There was also an almost-full moon that night.)
- Have at least one night of altitude acclimation if you're going from sea level to elevations above 10,000 feet (Mt. San Jacinto is at 10,834 ft/3302m, and I was at or close to sea level from mid-September until that morning. However, I was willing to turn back early if I had to.)
- Carry the "10 essentials" of hiking (I went ultralight and didn't carry a first aid kit, fire starting equipment, a repair kit, or emergency shelter)

I got back down safely and was rewarded with solitude at the top and amazing sunset views below. I don't know when Muir climbed San Jacinto, but this was the first time I've ever seen a mountain shadow, and it was indeed a sublime spectacle:

Before leaving, I looked in the nearby stone hut and signed the San Jacinto Peak summit register. I found entries from Denmark, England, and Canada, which is quite surprising for a mountain that's not a state or country high point. The old registers there and on other mountains typically remain at their summits for many years (or even decades), but they're sometimes brought to the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, where they are stored permanently:

I've attached some pictures. Enjoy!
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